China's Self-Inflicted Demographic Disaster Is Here

China's Self-Inflicted Demographic Disaster Is Here

Thursday, China’s Communist Party announced its decision to allow all couples to have two children. The move is a relaxation of the notorious one-child policy, which was rolled out beginning in 1979. The liberalization is subject to approval from China’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress. Many hailed this change as a step in the right direction. “Thumbs up,” wrote Le Yun of Guangdong University of Technology on his microblog. Yes, but thumbs down for announcing a change both too little and too late. And thumbs down for not changing the most intrusive aspects of the draconian program.

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